Saturday, June 16, 2018

Unusual Story of a Usual Corporate Couple - How I Became a Farmer's Wife

I have checked Yashodhara's tweet about "How I became farmer's wife" book's cover and I instantly liked it. I haven't read any book by her but the title and the cover were too attractive when mail reached to my inbox. I instantly said yes. I started reading the book the moment I have received courier.

Book Blurb
Mild-mannered Vijay is the perfect good Indian husband - responsible and predictable. Well, at least he was, until he decided to turn Farmer! Vijay's unsuspecting wife Yashodhara is caught off guard when, tired of the rigours of city life, he actually rents land and starts dairy farming! As if Yash didn't have enough going on already, what with her high-octane job, three children and multiple careers. As Vijay dives deeper into his quirky hobby, the family is plucked out of their comfortable life in the steel-and-chrome high-rises of Gurgaon, and thrown headfirst into a startlingly unfamiliar world - complete with cows and crops, multiple dogs and eccentric farmhands, a shrewd landlady and the occasional rogue snake. Will these earnest but insulated city-dwellers be able to battle the various difficulties that come with living a farmer's life? A laugh-out-loud romp that'll leave you wanting more!
I am not sure whether it is a real story or fiction work, but characters, author, and her husband name are used in the story. Yashodhara our protagonist is having a successful corporate career with a leading tablet seller in India. Her husband was also in a successful career. But he wanted to try his hands in farming. He had a dream of having farm fresh veggies in their kitchen. At same time Yashodhara has started working on her next novel, a romance genre, but she was not confident about the book. On the top of that, her life is completely chaotic due to her three kids. When Vijay took the decision seriously Yashodhara was not sure how he would manage a full-time job with the farm, but she supported his dream. And then started funfilled trips to farm with/without their kids, Vijay's daily updates on farm, activities, struggle he faced while handling these activities.

The book is written in very steady and simple tone. You will enjoy humor/sarcasm used at places. Yashodhara (author) has a unique style in narrating incidents, which I loved (I am thinking of checking other books by her)

Talking about characters, her three kids peanut, papad, and pickles are adorable (though mischievous at times) Yashodhara's character is portrayed as today's hyperactive woman, who is handling one full-time job, one part-time job, one full-time passion and what not. Vijay is the guy I loved the most. A real struggle in the new field without hesitation. Those who would like to get inspiration we have Yashodhara and Vijay from this book.

Some advice to readers
  • Don't read it in public, you may laugh while reading. (Just to save some awkward moments)
  • This is not a manual/self-help book on agriculture
  • You may end up reading this book in 2-3 sittings keep tea or coffee handy
I have already recommended this book to many friends. Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4.5/5
  2. Characters - 4.5/5
  3. Concept - 5/5
  4. Overall - 4.5/5
Book can be found at Amazon and Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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